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7 (2014)
Tunnelling Towards Hope

28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.


Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.


Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.


Cover Story

33 Seasons of Fashion

Its that time of year again, where colours and cuts and all things cloth-related figure prominently among Kyivs coming attractions. We go down to the designers lair for a quick synopsis of whats hot for Spring/Summer 2014 and offer you a quick run-down of what might be seen on the runway this season.

Volodymyr Nechyporuk
General Producer Ukrainian Fashion Week
The 33rd Ukrainian Fashion Week sets a record this season in terms of events and foreign designers. Guests will have the opportunity to attend events in 20 different formats, such as art installation, video projects, lectures and unique collection presentations. Five designers will present as part of the New Names programme, while Fresh Fashion could well be termed Fresh Fashion International, considering weve got designers coming from the UK, Kazakhstan, Georgia as well as Ukraine. There will also be a lecture by Frances Garam Gvasalia one of the most colourful and charismatic characters in European fashion. And to round out the week, UFWs last show is thanks to Indian designer JJ Valaya, who has prepared a national tribute.

Olena Dats
Ukrainian designer
My collection this season is all about symbols; small elements growing into larger pieces, which I hope will become a talisman in black in and beige. Fragments of embroidery are key in all of my dresses. And this year, for the first time, I had my prints made in Ukraine!

Anna Bublik
Ukrainian designer
My spring/summer collection, which we have lovingly called Kaleidoscope, is very bright. Look for vivid, contrasting colours and shades with lots of geometric shapes and silhouettes.

Elena Burenina
Ukrainian designer
This collection is based on light and dark hues but also includes bright accents, featuring clean lines and graphics. Using different textures, prints, fabrics and even nanotechnology, it represents the cyclical relationship and interconnectedness of nature.

Volodymyr Podolyan
Ukrainian designer
My collection reflects the endless conflict between the conservative and the liberal, and includes the confrontations of opinions and perspectives. You will find graphic, clear-cut silhouettes in summer coats, cocktail dresses, blouses, trousers and jackets. Deep black combines in asymmetric saturation with shades of yellow, fuchsia, and colourful blues.

Olena Burba
Ukrainian designer
Our new collection is called Agro-chic, and reflects the beauty of nature inherent in all natural shades and colours. I was inspired by a recent trip to Italy, where I became acquainted with the life and mentality of the locals, how these people live, the traditions they observe and their attitude towards women and the family.

 Fashion Odds & Ends for Local Designers in 2013
 Collections by Ukrainian designers Kamenskakononova, Bevza and Litkovskaya appeared in Italian Vogue this year
 The Sid Concept luxury store in Saudi Arabia has taken on the Podolyan brand
 Designer Ksenia Schnaider presented her autumn/winter 2013/2014 collection at the Chengdu Fashion Week in China this spring
 Olena Dats presented her collection this year at Whos Next Pret-a-Porter Paris, Salon Luxury Vendome le Meurice at Paris Fashion Week, Fashion Week Brooklyn, Fashion Forwards showroom in Los Angeles, and Germanys Haico-Michael Rill Fashion Agency

Ukrainian Fashion Week
Mystetskiy Arsenal (Lavrska 10 -12)
813 October

Tuesday 8 October
19.00 Opening of the 33rd Ukrainian Fashion Week Pre-party: Nai Lu-Na presentation by Anastasiya Ivanova collection*
20.30 Insect World Party w/ fashion show performance by Mantis Religiosa**

Wednesday 9 October
16.00 In-Out installation by Fedir Vozianov
16.15 Sensorium art-project presentation by Katja Bereznitsky
17.00 Poustovit
18.00 Victoria Gres
19.00 Avtandil (GE)
20.00 Elena Burenina
20.30 Ansimov for 9.5
21.00 PRZHonskaya
22.00 Oleh Skrypka collection presentation in dedication to the launch of album Wonderful World

Thursday 10 October
14.00 Kasta Beauty presentation***
15.30 Fresh Fashion: Sonia Monina, Svetlana Voziian, Aka Nanitashvili (GE)
16.30 Jean Gritsfeld
17.00 UFW & Malasian Embassy project presentation
17.30 Yuliya Polishchuk
18.30 Ksenia Kireeva
19.00 Anna Bublik
19.30 Zalevskiy
20.30 Bevza
21.30 DSDress by Alonova
22.30 After Party with Trendsetter (Mark Holiday, US)

Friday 11 October
12.30 Is our future online? On and offline sales conference
13.30 Elle Fest presentation
14.30 Fashion Move On project presentation
15.00 New Names: Katerina Bodrunova for Moke (RU), Zgurskii, Vanushina (RU), Chuyko, Frolov,
16.00 Serebrova
16.30 Fresh Fashion: Yuiya Yefimtchuk+, Atelier Artisan (KZ), Natalia Kaut (UK)
17.30 Marchi
18.00 Domanoff
18.30 RUTA presentation
19.00 Elenareva
19.30 Bobkova
20.00 Litkovskaya
20.30 Ksenia Schnaider collection presentation
21.00 Kamenskakonova
22.30 Fashion People party featuring Mike La Funk (DE)**

Saturday 12 October
13.00 Lecture: Garam Gvasalia (FR)
15.00 Irina Dil
16.00 Saaya by Lubov Makarenko
16.30 Elena Burba
17.00 Nadya Dzyak
18.00 Larisa Lobanova
19.00 Vorozhbyt & Zemskova
19.30 Valery Kovalska
20.30 Podolyan
21.00 Artem Klimchuk****
21.30 1+1 Channel Fashion Live special project
22.00 After Party featuring DJ Vadim Abramov

Sunday 13 October
12.00 Beintrend Fashion School
14.00 Fashion Lunch w/ Lyudmyla Komardina
15.00 Olga Timkova-Lyakhovska for Stolichny
16.00 Bicholla
16.30 Elena Golets
17.00 Rito
18.00 Olena Dats
19.00 Idol by Serge Smolin
20.00 Julia Aysina
21.00 JJ Valaya (IN)
22.30 HD Fashion Party featuring DJ Kozak (Love Boat Moscow, RU)**

 * Puppet Theatre (Hrushevskoho 1a)
 ** Buddha Bar (Khreshchatyk 14)
 *** Kasta Beauty concept store (Olhynska 6a)
 **** Artem Klimchuk Studio (Nyzhnyoyurkivska 31)

by Lana Nicole

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